What can we learn from galaxies far, far away?
Galaxy clusters like this are astoundingly big, beautiful, mysterious—and also very useful. For scientists, they’re giant laboratories. They help us understand the mysteries of astrophysics, including dark matter, dark energy, and the balance of heating and cooling in the universe’s most massive objects.
Thanks for the cool pictures, NASA ;).
Reading a book is like having the ability to dip a straw into the author’s soul and sip and slurp without lowering the water table of wisdom.
Jarod Kintz, The Days of Yay are Here! Wake Me Up When They’re Over (via duttonbooks)
Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier.
Kathleen Thompson Norris, Hands Full of Living (via duttonbooks)
50 years ago, America’s biggest employer was General Motors, where workers made the modern equivalent of $50 dollars an hour. Today, America’s biggest employer is Walmart, where the average wage is eight dollars an hour.
… And Walmart released their annual report this month, and in it was the fact that most of what Walmart sells is food. And most of their customers need food stamps to pay for it. Meanwhile, Walmart’s owners are so absurdly rich that one of them, Alice Walton, spent over a billion dollars building an art museum in Bentonville, Arkansas… And she said about it, “For years I’ve been thinking about what we can do as a family that can really make a difference.” How about giving your employees a raise, you deluded nitwit?